Now in its seventh year, Operation Wanted, RSPCA Qld’s desexing campaign runs with participating vets and councils throughout Queensland from June 1 until August 31.
The campaign continues to grow in popularity despite the restrictions imposed by Covid-19.
144 veterinary clinics across Queensland are already on board in 2021. Although fewer veterinary surgeries signed up to the campaign last year due to the pandemic, the number of animals desexed actually grew, proving that the 20% discount was a real incentive.
“Once again we realise that the world is changing, but it’s still vitally important to ensure your pets are desexed,” said RSPCA Qld spokesperson Michael Beatty. “Having an unexpected litter can be time consuming and costly, something families that are already under strain will not be able to deal with. Prevention is always better than bringing unwanted pets into the world.”
Daisy here is a prime example why you should get your pets desexed. At seven years of age, this poor pooch had a ruptured pyometra, in other words, an infection in her uterus. It’s a condition that is easily preventable if your female dog is desexed.
Daisy with RSPCA Veterinarian Rebecca.
Picked up by an RSPCA Animal Ambulance, Daisy needed help fast! She was struggling to move, her breathing was rapid, and she had a lot of swelling in her abdomen.
The RSPCA veterinary team got to work by flushing Daisy’s abdomen in a very tricky surgery. The build-up of infection from this toxic pyometra in her uterus was awful and would have been causing Daisy a lot of pain.
It was touch and go for Daisy and the veterinary team were not sure she would pull through. Daisy had been through a lot. But, little old Daisy had other ideas! A few days after surgery, she seemed to be feeling much better and eventually made a full recovery. She’s even found a loving new family.
“Obviously we’d like to thank participating vets and councils that have already joined Operation Wanted again in 2021 to offer 20% off desexing. It’s the vets and the councils who help drive the campaign in their communities and make it a success.”
There are many benefits associated with pet desexing which pet owners may not be aware of.
- No risk of unwanted litters
- Reduces their desire to roam
- Reduces the risk of some cancers
- Reduces other unwanted behaviours such as urine spraying (cats)
- Cheaper Council registration fees
- Allows pets to be happier and more relaxed